Use three different tones of voice: praise, command, and correction. These tones should be distinct and consistent. Our canine companions have super ears. Shouting commands and corrections is not good training. Speak in a normal tone that is clear.

Always end every series of commands with praise. It is very important that we recognize good behavior in our canines. Dogs follow patterns and habits that are rewarded. This praise will encourage your dog to complete commands every time without hesitation.

When a leash correction is given, a verbal correction is needed as well. Soon your canine will associate the two, and no leash correction will be necessary. This comes after a training routine is set with the dog on a daily basis.

Everyone should use the same commands and hand signals. Demonstrate to every person who is around your dog the correct way to give hand signals. Don’t give your pet mixed signals; stay consistent with all commands. This speeds up learning.

Do not use the dogs name as a correction. Reserve the name for praise. This will help your dog during the “come” command.

A correction should be sharp and quick. This is how dogs communicate with each other. There is no need for lectures or tongue-lashings.

Always end training sessions on a positive note. It is important to stay in control and relaxed when working with your pet.

Dogs read body language. That means that a relaxed handler will have a relaxed companion.

 

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